William Ruto – Profile and Biography
William Samoei Ruto was born on December 21, 19 66 in Kamagut, Uasin Gishu to the late Mzee Daniel Cheruiyo tand Mama Sarah Cheruiyot.
He attended Kerotet and Kamagut Primary School and later joined Wareng Secondary School in 1981, where he sat his ‘O’-level exams in 1984 before proceeding to Kapsabet Boys, Nandi, in 1985 where he sat his ‘A’-level exams in 1986. Mr. Ruto graduated from the University of Nairobi in 1990 with a BSc (botany and zoology). At the university, he was a staunch African Inland Church(AIC) member and was elected the leader of the University Christian Union choir.
After university, Mr. Ruto taught at Sirgoi and Kamagut Secondary Schools in the North Rift. He, at the same time, founded African Venture Tours and Hotels.
He enrolled for a masters degree in botany and graduated in 2011. He is currently pursuing a PhD in the same ﬁeld.
A scion of retired president Daniel Arap Moi , Ruto, a self-made politician born into poverty who sold peanuts on the Eldoret highway to supplement the family income, dabbled with politics when he got involved with the Cyrus Jirongo-led Youth for Kenyan African National Union ‘92.
YK’92, as it was popularly known, was an out ﬁt hastily put together to campaign for President Daniel arap Moi‘s reelection in that ﬁrst multiparty election. KANU’S win in the 1992 polls saw Ruto appointed Assistant Minister for Provincial Administration, and then Minister of Home Affairs. In 2002, Ruto supported President Moi‘s decision to back Uhuru Kenyatta bid as kanu’s flag-bearer in the year’s General Election. Kanu lost to the opposition led by Mwai Kibaki. In the run-up to the 2005 constitutional referendum, he joined Raila Odinga in the Orange Democratic Movement. He sought ODM’s nomination for the 2007 presidential election, but was beaten by Odinga. He, however, marshalled the Kalenjin community and garnered signiﬁcant support for the ODM.
He adapted fast to the country’s changing political and social environment ﬁtting well with the grand coalition government that brought together President Mwai Kibaki and then Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga following the disputed 2007 presidential elections.
At the formation of the grand coalition government in April 2008, Ruto, who then had established him self a leading light in ODM and a member of the party’s cream referred to as the pentagon, was appointed Minister for Agriculture in 2008 until April 2010. At the Ministry of Agriculture he traversed the country checking on farmers. He ensured farmers got a regular supply of fertiliser and had ready market for their produce.
He was moved to the Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology, where he immediately embarked on reforms to ensure institutions of higher education in the country offered quality and relevant education to the thousands of Kenyan youth.
His rallying call then was that youth must be trained in courses that were relevant in the fast changing world and which were globally competitive. He also called for increased budgetary allocation to meet the ever – growing demand for higher education in Kenya.
Ruto remained vocal and played a critical role in the making of the 2010 Constitution. He was the chairman and member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Constitution.
Mr. Ruto run for the March 4, 2013, Presidential race as Mr.Kenyatta’s running mate on under the Jubilee Alliance whose other main partner was his United Republican Party(URP) and Mr.Kenyatta‘s The National Alliance (TNA). Others in the Jubilee coalition were Charity Ngilu, Joseph Nyaga and Najib Balala.
His political career took a turn on December 15, 2010, when the International Criminal Court (ICC) named him as a suspect of crimes against humanity over the 2008 post-election chaos. The hearing of his case started in October 2013.
Ruto married Rachel Chebet, a teacher, in 1991 and they have six children.
Willia Ruto – Timeline
21 December 1966: William Samoei Ruto is born in Kamagut, Uasin Gishu to the late Mzee Daniel Cheruiyot and Mama Sarah Cheruiyot.
1990: William Samoei Ruto Graduated from the University of Nairob having attained BSc and MSc in botany. William Ruto had earlier attended Kerotet Primary School for his primary school education, Wareng Secondary School for his Ordinary Levels education and Kapsabet Boys, for his Advanced Levels.
At University, Ruto a staunch African Inland Church (AIC) member was elected the leader of the University Christian Union choir.
In early 1990: William Samoei Ruto established a company, African Venture Tours and Hotels.
1992: William Ruto was the Organising Secretary of Youth for Kanu ’92 (YK92), a group that was formed to drum up support for President Daniel arap Moi in the election.
1997 – Now: William Ruto has been the MP for Eldoret North Constituency
August 2002: William Samoei Ruto became an Assistant Minister in the Office of the President and was later appointed Minister in charge of Home Affairs.
January 2006: Ruto declared publicly that he would stand for the presidency in the 2007 general election.
April 2008: William Samoei Ruto was appointed minister of Agriculture.
19 October 2010: William Samoei Ruto ia appointed Minister for Higher Education.
In December 2010: The ICC’s Pre-Trial Chamber issued a summon for William Ruto at the prosecutor’s request.